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K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

K-9 Cruiser Winter AleK-9 Cruiser Winter Ale

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601 Ratings

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Ratings: 601
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.02%

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-30-2001)
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Photo of Ranbot


1.78/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass from 12oz bottle.

A fairly agressive pour produced a thin head that dissapated quickly. Color is dark brown with slight hints of red. I'm unimpressed.

There's not a lot to the smell either. A little earthy grains and mild roasting, and slight fruit, but I'm not sure what type.

Initial flavor is a mildly roasted, moderately sweet malts with very mild fruit (plum/apple maybe?) and spice undertones. A light touch of earthy hops rounds out the flavor. Alcohol is apparent and a bit too hot for tastes. A bitter/sour flavor carries through the aftertaste. I could have given this beer a passing grade had it not been for this lingering unpleasant flavor. I'm reminded of beers I've had that were "spiced" with spruce. I don't know if Flying Dog used spruce in this, but that's the best way I can describe what I'm detecting in the aftertaste and I don't like it.

Mouthfeel and body of K9 is thin and watery for a strong ale like this. I think the carbonation could use some work too.

I drank about half of this beer before pouring it down the drain. That's a big deal for me because I can't remember the last time I had a drain pour. Maybe I was just having a bad day, but I would never recommend this anyone.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 23:07:21 | More by Ranbot
Photo of hammer09


1.83/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I received this beer as part of a Flying Dog Mixed Pack that I bought back in April. And yes, although this is a winter ale, I drank it in June.

I was very impressed with the appearance of this beer, and unfortunately that's also the point at which I stopped being impressed. Flying Dog's K-9 Cruiser poured a very deep brown with verly little carbonation and no head. Overall, the beer appeared flat, similar to a stout by Boddington's or Murphy's, but without the creamy head.

As for smell, this beer exhibited a malty but very cidery/sour note. I don't know if I waited too long to drink this, but I'm hoping that this was a fluke and not typical of this beer.

Taste was also very cidery/sour with a slight malt flavor.

Had I been drinking a stout, mouthfeel would have been acceptable, but its flat character left much to be desired.

Call it a long shot, but immediately after drinking this, I opened the second, and last, K-9 Cruiser that had been included in the Mixed Pack, hoping that my review would be different. Unfortunately, the second beer was just as sour as the first, although by that time, my palate was slightly more immune to the off-flavors. Based on this experience, I rate the drinkability fairly low.

I don't think I'll be picking this up if I see it in a sixer at my local store. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Flying Dog, liking their IPA, Wheat, Amber, and Barleywine styles . However, the sourness of this beer really ruined the experience. But this doesn't mean that I will not try K-9 Cruiser again. I'll definitely give it a shot if I find it available on tap. If it happens to appear in another Mixed Pack, I'll be sure to drink it first, just in case this turns out to be a beer that doesn't age well.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 03:51:25 | More by hammer09
Photo of AndoBrew


1.93/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

*i hated it and would never buy*

app: ugly, cloudy brownish poo water. maybe it has chill haze, ..i think my buddy has kept it cool for a while

smell: smells like cough syrup. some cherry, lots of yuck, bad all around. I can not imagine finishing this glass based off the smell.

taste: it is painful, bad booze flavor , no hops.. still that cherry cheap booze flavor, this would be a good bad shot. not a good beer. where is the malt depth? where are the hops to balance? where is the quality?

mf: fine. just take it away. thin for a strong ale

drinkable?: NO, i cant. sorry.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 04:55:16 | More by AndoBrew
Photo of santoslhalper


1.98/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearence: Pours a deep, dark copper with a thin tan head.

Smell: What? It smells like a goddamn hot dog!

Taste and Mouthfeel: Liquid hot dogs! I swear to got that is all I can taste. Well, malt covered hot dogs. And not the good ones, the cheap ones.

Drinkbaility and Overall: If the sound of hot dog flavored beer seems applealing to you, then by all means find this beer. If not, avoid it.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2005 06:29:40 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of DavoleBomb


1.98/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Clear light amber color. One finger of creamy beige head. Retention is about average and no lacing is left.

3.0 S: Caramel and nuttiness. Something along the lines of peach fruitiness (this seems to be an off-aroma of sorts). Light "generic" spiciness. Not much going on here, but not bad.

1.5 T: Damn this is non-tasty. First, this is unexpectedly bitter. Indeed, I think this is the most bitter 30 IBUs can get. Second, there's some strange acridity going on here. I don't know where it's coming from, but I don't like it. Third, the maltiness doesn't really show up. Caramel is faint. Toastiness is there, but overall this has very little maltiness to it. The spice is a little stronger, but even that seems like it doesn't belong.

2.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Watery on the tongue. Carbonation level is fine. Too thin, and lacking the creaminess that I want from the style.

1.5 T: A couple ounces was way more than enough of this, but I drank the whole bottle anyway. What I would like to know is who the hell is buying this such that they haven't retired it? This beer sucks. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 20:18:52 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of brantadid

New Jersey

2.03/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured at roby/garnett color with very little head. Beer was clear with some light passing through. Note much head to speak of.

Smelled of a nondiscript ale. I couldn't realyy place much in the nose.

Tasted much the same as the smell. A nondiscript ale with some spice. Some sweetness on the front palate and then it dries out.

Moderate to high carbonation. Somewhat light mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 20:51:46 | More by brantadid
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


2.23/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a deep reddish brown with a frothy tan head. Lots of lace. Smells of caramel and loght citrus hops.

Taste is malty and a bit sour. There's an unpleasant fruitiness and some buttery flavors. The malt and hops flavors don't mesh. Some spice detected. Sticky and lightly spicy mouth. This is a struggle to get through. Not well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2005 23:24:59 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of MaltyGoodness


2.28/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear copper color with a small eggshell head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malty with some nice toasted nutty and bready tones.

Quick malty taste upfront that is immediately hammered by a rather harsh bitterness and herbal hop flavor. Bitterness lingers well past the finish.

Medium-full body, medium carbonation.

A disappointing warmer from a rather reliable brewery. I suggest cruising past this one to another option.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 04:25:55 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of Todd


2.3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A deep red coloured beer with a nice sticking creamy foam head. Aroma is nill. Flavour is kind of boring for a strong ale. Some fruity, roasty malt action going on with a raw feel about it. Buttery, faint hint of vanilla, chocolate and raisiny edges. Finish is bland.

Another near average beer, from a seemingly near average brewery. It's almost like they don't know how to handle their own yeast?

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2002 00:15:34 | More by Todd
Photo of phattysbox

New York

2.3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled this brew from the Pony Bar in NYC.

Pours a deep brown color with a rather small head, lacing keep however throughout the glass.

Smell is non-existent. Strange since it is labeled as a winter warmer I was expecting some sort of spice. Just blah - nothing... Do I have a cold?

Taste: Heeellllooo.... Winter warmer??? Where are you? This brew is NOT a winter warmer, but rather a hoppy brown ale. resiny hops dominate throughout the brew followed by sticky malt profile. Diacetyl notes are clearly noticable in the beer and seems as if they did not give the yeast enough time to clear up by-products. Just a messy taste profile. Mouthfeel is on the full side and carbonation is decent.

Overall, this beer doesn't know what it is... Brown ale? American brown ale? Pale ale? Definitely not a winter warmer and shame on Flying Dog for labeling it as such.

I'll pass on this one... You should too...

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2009 18:01:50 | More by phattysbox
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

2.33/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle

A - Poured a clear reddish amber. Not much head and light carbonation.

S - Didn't smell too hot if at all.

T - Tastes mostly like alcohol and hops. Doesn't stand out as good or horrible. I'd expect a bit more from flying dog.

M - Bubbly with a bittery after-taste.

D - Not really my thing. I'm usually a big fan of Flying Dog, but this tastes a lot like what you'd find in a keg at a party when you aren't totally sure what's in the keg.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 03:06:46 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of Katahdin


2.35/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours average, a bit carmel in color and the aroma does not set you up for the disapointment to follow. Heavy maltiness with earthen tastes make it seem stronger than it is. Kind of beats you up a bit going down and a strong bitter after taste lingers on the tongue. Not a real great interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 20:07:52 | More by Katahdin
Photo of corby112


2.4/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark chicory amber color with a think yellowish head. Malty aroma with hints of dark cherry, bitter hops and a spicy pepper presence. Syrupy and medicinal with hints of robitussin, spicy pepper and alcohol. I was looking forward to drinking this after the way it poured, but have to say that I was dissapointed by it's flat medicinal taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 01:37:23 | More by corby112
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Don't pour too aggressively or foam might fill half the glass, otherwise it's a good 2-3 fingers high of delicate bubbles and foam, starts to dimple across the surface, not much lacing but very good retention. Crystal clear brown to red brick or dirt color, more of a metallic orange at the rims, despite clarity few bubbles visible. Reticent nose, offers meager portions of toffee, malts, orange infused chocolate and then some hop spice, maybe some leafiness like lettuce or cabbage. Light to medium-bodied, the carbonation swirls through the attack and momentarily distracts from the lack of flavor. Ginger spice, dried cocoa, malts and orange/lemon citrus try to dance with peat moss, pepper, straw and a nondescript bitter edge. Maybe pear or apple fruit. Consistent quality-wise with most products of this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 01:21:33 | More by farrago
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

2.45/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

haven't had anything in a while from these peeps. haven't had anything decent from them since the gonzo a few years back. bought a single for a small bit of change to taste with some other winters. woo.
light ambery, wispy, flat looking. little aroma, bit of malt and some vague hop, maybe a little funkiness?
it tastes like a little soap and funk, indistinct malt, a little caramel.
a little gross compared to the other beers of the evening, which didn't really stand out aside from the jolly roger. thin. skimping on malts? overattenuative yeast? probably not the latter. flavors would still present themselves.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 09:15:07 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of bashiba


2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a very cloudy brown with some ruby tones and just thin thinest line of head.

Smells of Dates, Raisons, and Cedar with an earthyness to it.

Wow the taste is so incredibly underwhelming. A slight Woodyness with a touch of earthy hops. Just not much there, like a light version of an Old Ale, very strange.

Mouthfeel is incredibly thin and watery for a beer this strong.

I could finish this one, but won't look to drink another anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2005 03:33:35 | More by bashiba
Photo of JDV


2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear crimson with a medium average lived beige head. Malt and spices in the nose typical of the style. Taste is a touch of cardboard stale malt like flavor. Toasty, spiced malt as well. Thin flavor and body and some metallic notes. Drinkable but unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 00:30:27 | More by JDV
Photo of jwinship83


2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle drank from a standard pint glass. i was helping some friends clear out random beers that have began to pile up in their fridge. im such a nice guy.

A- this one pours out a clear reddish brown colored body with a full finger of eggshell colored head. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind random spots of lacing.

S- sweet toffee and caramel malts are the first things that i notice. after that comes some cherry scent that is faintly reminiscent of cough syrup. not the best thing to find in a beer.

T- the caramel and toffee malts start this one off. sweet, but not overly so. the robotussin like cherry that i could smell comes back in the taste. yuck. herbal and spicy hops can barely be detected at the end.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated.

D- the medicinal taste and smell that i picked up on is enough to make sure i steer clear of this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 16:05:25 | More by jwinship83
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I received 12 bottles for a party awhile ago.

I have been making this my third bottle of the evening. The flavors were understated, and I didn't taste anything that makes it seem like a holiday brew. After aging this beer (unintentionally), I finally taste additional seasoning.

The coloring is fine and the lacing looks good. With the pour, I have two fingers of moderate head.

The taste has bittered with time, but I finally get the winter flavors coming through.

Just like most Flying Dog beers, this is nothing special. I recommend it as an entry level winter ale for those that haven't embraced strong flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 01:36:53 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear red body with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Prominant cherry-berry scent with notes of malt and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet toffee malts with just a tiny bit of chocolate and an oddly medicinal sour cherry flavor throughout and the finish and the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Winter has never looked bleaker.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 18:19:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of budgood1


2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours out an chestnut/auburn colour with a fine fading off white head. minimal lace. fruity estery aroma...lots of dark ripened fruit and other yeast induced flavours. sweet flavours abound, but there seems to be no malt backbone to beef up this style of beer. the mouthfeel comes off as slick and buttery...then weak and watery, therefore causing the whole beer to suffer. very mild bitter finish. high ABV well hidden. too sweet for the body; to weak for the style. i'd drink a few, but i don't think i'd spend any more $$$ to sample this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 00:07:05 | More by budgood1
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Amber color with a decent sized head and very good lace.

The aroma of malts,alcohol,caramel and some fruits.

The taste seemed to confuse me a bit. Malts,sweet taste,butter flavors and some metallic notes. Alcohol was very present and there were some raisin hints.

The feel was smooth,slightly bitter from the hops.
Full body and medium carbonation.

Notes: Where is the balance?, not horrible brew yet it did lack even distribution of flavor. Still,I managed to finish it and it was better when warmer. It needs some tweaking. There will be no next time because this was butter and brew combined.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 03:01:41 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of bark


2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

7.4% ABV according to the label.

The smell is fruity and malty: Some roasted nutty notes, clean bitter flavours. Dried apples and apricots, dark bread, hints of alcohol.

The colour is medium brown, the liquid clear. The two finger head is compact and beige. It sinks slowly leaving no lacing.

The taste is bitter with dry metallic notes. Sweet rounded flavours of rye bread and a touch of treacle. Full bodied. The aftertaste is bitter, almost harsh. Some roasted notes and an astringent hint.

The carbonation is medium strong, the bubbles mild. The liquid is mid-smooth.

The bitterness is too strong and too sharp for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 16:37:20 | More by bark
Photo of Sunnanek


2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: This beer pours copper with a medium large white creamy head. Dissipates into nice lacings.

S: The malt is roasted. There's some fruityness to it along with some bitter hops. But way to faint.

T: Bitter hops, American style. Some sweetness to the light roasted malt, also with notes of rye bread.

M: Aftertaste lingers for some time with a nice bitterness. Body is full and carbonation is medium.

D: An uneven beer, where the aftertaste is the best part. I won't buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 19:09:45 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of PintOHops


2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Glass - Tulip

A - An amber colored brew with high clarity and moderate C02. It produced a 1-finger head that just sank seconds after pouring. No lacing left on my glass.

S - I don't really get much on the nose except for rind like hop characteristics, a touch of alcohol and maybe a hint of caramel. It smells very generic really. The alcohol gives off dark fruit like notes as well, kinda like plum.

T - The rind like hop character is there but less noticeable than what I expected. The flavors aren't balanced out to well to me. I get rind and herbal hop characters, along with bread and over ripened fruit like plum and fig, then alcohol and soft bitterness. It comes off as very muddy and unbalanced to me.

M - Smooth, chewy, viscous and full bodied with low carbonation.

O - Well, not much of a Winter Warmer to me. It tastes more like an old muddy DIPA that just sat around to long. I didn't like the unbalanced flavor profile, and the smell was very basic to me. Perhaps I got an old one, but I don't think so. Not that good to me. I'd drink it again but not buy it again, and I would recommend you try another Winter Warmer before this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 00:21:41 | More by PintOHops
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K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.